The coastline from North Florida to South Carolina is scattered with historic ruins built of tabby, a concrete made of oyster shells. Originally covered with…
Fort Frederica National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)
The tabby fort and town of Frederica was established in 1736 to protect the Georgia colony from the Spanish. It burned in 1758. It is now a national monument in St. Simons Island, GA. (http://www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm)
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The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick, GA, includes the tabby foundations of a rice mill. (Photo by Brian Brown, Vanishing Coastal Georgia). The plantation is now a state park (http://www.gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfield).
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During the 1880s the Carnegie family built their Dungeness mansion on the foundations of an old tabby house. The ruins can be seen on the Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, accessible by ferry. (http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm)
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Although there are several tabby ruins on Edisto Island, SC, the only ones open to the public are found on Botany Bay Plantation. (Photo by Charlotte Hutson Wrenn) Botany Bay is a state preserve (https://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/managedland?p_id=57).
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The Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve is located on the grounds of the Naval Hospital in Port Royal, SC. Dating from 1734, the fort is one of the earliest British tabby constructions. The preserve is currently closed so that the tabby ruins can be stabilized. (Photo from Beaufort County Library)
Slaves built these tabby cabins at Kingsley Plantation during the 1820s. The plantation is located on Fort George Island in the Timucuan Preserve in Jacksonville, FL, and is now a national park (http://www.nps.gov/foca/learn/historyculture/kp.htm). (Photo by Kim Kleckner)
The Verdier House in Beaufort, SC, is not a ruin, but a preserved historic house built with tabby foundations. The museum's basement, which is free and open to the public, displays a sliver of the foundation's tabby (http://www.historicbeaufort.org/verdier-house.php). (Photo by Bill Hill)
The Thicket in Darien, GA, is the tabby ruins of a sugar mill and run distillery. It is located on Old Cane Mill Drive on Tolomato Island, a gated community that was open when we visited. (Photo by Barbara Stevenson)